Word Sorts with Mystery Words: Fun Phonics Practice for Students!

Inspired by Tim Rasinski’s work with “word ladders” and “making and writing words”, Mystery Word Sorts are a word play activity in which students use a limited amount of letters to make both short and long words--eventually trying to discover the thematic “mystery word.”

Back to School Mystery Word Sorts for Phonics Instruction, decoding words making words spelling patterns for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade

Directions for Use

  1. Choose a word sort from the packet--Back to School Sort.

  2. Photocopy for each student.

  3. Have students cut out letters on the bottom.

  4. Students sort letters and record words in columns, based on the length of each word.

  5. Students record Mystery Word on the top line, when discovered. This is the word, which contains ALL of the letters in the set.

  6. Optional: Have students use the free CVC Sorting graphic organizer or other Phonics Sheets, to isolate specific phonological patterns.

Word Sorts to find long and short vowel words: use phonics and spelling patterns to decode and write words based on a longer, scrambled thematic Mystery Word. Reading, writing, phonics, review, introduction, practice or remediation

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Ecosystem Interdependence through Food Chains and Food Webs: DISTANCE LEARNING Digital & Printable Versions

This is a collection of lessons and activities following inquiry-based science. Students will learn about how organisms are interdependent in an ecosystem.  They will learn about and explore food chains and food webs.  


Students explore where food comes from, by thinking about their own experiences and then considering food groups.  Through inquiry, discussions and hands-on sorts, students learn about how energy is transferred from the sun, to producers, and to consumers.  

Students learn about the relationship between and roles of predators and prey.  They practice identifying these species. 

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This HUGE Ecosystem bundle is both DIGITAL and PRINTABLE, with over 190 printable pages and over 190 slides.  The digital version is compatible with Google Classroom and perfect for Distance Learning.  

There are three units in this bundle, which include: living vs. nonliving, food chains and food webs, and producers, consumers, and decomposers.  

The Ecosystem Bundle focuses on Next Generation Science Standards NGSS LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics (System Interactions.)

It includes lessons and inquiry-based science activities, worksheets, vocabulary, assessments, visuals,  various science graphic organizers, and more!

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